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Middle School Teacher (5th-8th Grade)

Company: KIPP
Location: Washington
Posted on: January 26, 2023

Job Description:

Company Description

About KIPP DC:

By 2025, KIPP DC will build upon two decades of proven results to develop into a more impactful, innovative, and inclusive school system that provides joyful, identity-affirming learning experiences so that all students and alumni achieve extraordinary outcomes. We are a network of 20 schools educating 7,300 students and employing 1,400 teachers, leaders, and staff members dedicated to our mission.

Our work is grounded in a commitment to excellence, equity, and justice. We believe all students have the right to rigorous, relevant, and joyful learning experiences led by exceptionally talented and diverse educators who promote student achievement and a sense of belonging. We pride ourselves on providing unparalleled professional development and leadership opportunities. We acknowledge the demands of the teaching profession and continually seek to improve sustainability, benefits, and support for teachers. We seek out teachers who are passionate about educational equity, driven by student and family relationships, and constantly seeking to grow.

Job Description

Why teach Middle School at KIPP DC:

  • Impact: As one of the highest performing school school systems in the District of Columbia, educators at KIPP DC work in schools that put students at the center of decision making. Culturally responsive learning environments cultivate a sense of belonging for staff and students alike. As a teacher, you will have this foundation to make an impact with your students.
  • Support: We seek to deliver unparalleled coaching and development to maximize educators' impact. Teachers receive year-round professional development rooted in antiracist practices and aligned to curriculum or role competencies. Frequent feedback and support from school leaders, network content coaches, grade-level chairs, and other teammates improve teachers' craft.
  • Growth: We believe that all educators should have pathways for growth and development. This means teachers have ample planning time, grade-level and content meetings, and development and wellness days. In our schools, teachers work collaboratively with peers and are able to grow their leadership through opportunities like grade-level chair, fellowships, or school leadership development cohorts.
  • Highly Competitive Compensation & Benefits: Our instructional salary scales are at the top of the DC market and affirm KIPP DC's belief that teachers are the cornerstone of schools. Our benefits program supports staff wellness and the school calendar is designed to foster sustainability with ample breaks to recharge from the demands of teaching.
    What positions are available?
    • We have six middle schools in DC looking for excellent teachers to join their team.
      • Teachers: Teachers aim to teach the whole child. It is our goal to uplift and support our student academic and social-emotional needs. We look for English, math, science, social studies, and homeroom teachers.
      • Special Education Teachers: Our special education teachers work closely with general education teachers and service providers to fully support our students through interventions that meet their Individual Education Plan goals in inclusion, resource, and pull-out settings.
      • Specials: Our specials teachers are an important part of our school community. They affirm our students' identities and build students' talents outside of the core academic spaces. help Current specials offerings in our middle schools include physical education, dance, art, music, STEM, African American culture, and much more!
        Key Requirements & Responsibilities:
        • Mission Alignment
          • Commitment to KIPP DC's mission and to advancing its antiracist ambitions
          • Subscribe to our Vision for Teaching Excellence and commit to professional growth and development
          • Build trusting relationships with staff, students, and families
          • Instructional Responsiveness & Content Knowledge
            • Internalize and teach challenging and engaging lessons informed by instructional data
            • Review student data individually and with department or grade-level teams to plan for re-teaching and follow-up lessons
            • Attend staff meetings, professional development sessions, and team meetings
            • When applicable, mentor a Capital Teaching Resident, if assigned to your classroom, by modeling excellent teaching, gradually releasing classroom teaching responsibilities, and implementing weekly coaching and feedback conversations
            • Care of Students & Classroom Culture
              • Build a classroom culture that empowers students, affirms their identities, and creates a sense of belonging for all students
              • Implement the school-wide and classroom management policies and practices
              • Create a responsive and inclusive environment for parents and families
              • Other Information & Requirements
                • While students receive instruction from 8:00 am-3:45 pm, KIPP DC teachers are on duty in school Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm two times a week, and 7:30 am to 4:15 pm three times a week.
                • Perform clerical duties, as required, relating to textbooks, instructional supplies, student reports and records, attendance reports, etc.
                • Perform morning, lunch, and afternoon duties as assigned
                • Pass all required background check requirements under the School Safety Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018
                • Additional responsibilities may arise during the school year. This could include but not limited to: attending staff and student field trips, open houses, family-teacher conferences, home visits, and other events involving parents and students as needed. We will communicate them to all employees with as much notice and flexibility as possible.

                  Qualifications

                  Qualifications:
                  • Bachelor's degree (Required)
                  • Commitment to working with students from communities with limited access to quality educational opportunities (Required)
                  • At least one year of teaching experience in a public school or education degree with student teaching experience (Strongly Preferred)
                  • Bachelor's degree in content area (Preferred)
                  • Experience/strength in content area (Preferred)

                    Additional Information

                    Compensation & Benefits:
                    • When it comes to compensation, at KIPP DC we strive for clarity, equity, and to be highly competitive. We look at compensation benchmarks in schools across DC. Teacher salaries are exempt and start at $60,500 and increase with years of experience. Please see the salary scale here. Teachers can earn up to $5,000 in renewal add-ons to their base salary each year they return to KIPP DC.
                    • KIPP DC offers a robust benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurances; various voluntary benefits; and employer paid benefits such as short term disability, long term disability, life insurance, and a membership to One Medical.
                    • KIPP DC also offers a 403(b) retirement account with a 3% employer contribution and a 3% match with vesting after three years.
                    • Currently, individuals in this role have up to 10 paid sick days, 12 paid holidays, paid Thanksgiving week break, winter break, spring break, and summer break. This is subject to change and your exact schedule will be shared in your offer letter.
                    • All employees who use public transit through WMATA are eligible for pre-tax deductions for transportation costs.
                    • Teachers are provided with a laptop computer for work and access to a discounted cell phone plan for staff/student/parent calls.
                    • Teachers have access to KIPP DC's additional development and enrichment opportunities such as RELAY's Masters of Arts in Teaching program, Special Education Fellowship, School Culture Champion Grants, Classroom Innovation Grants, and various fellowship and pilot programs launched each year
                      How to Apply:

                      Please apply immediately, as applications are accepted and roles are filled on a rolling basis. All interested applicants should visit http://www.kippdc.org/apply, and click the "Teaching Roles" job posting then find "Middle School Teacher." If you have any questions, please contact the recruitment team via e-mail at careers@kippdc.org.

                      KIPP DC Public Schools does not discriminate against, or tolerate discrimination against, employees or applicants for employment on any legally-recognized basis or protected class including, but not limited to, actual or perceived race, color, national origin, immigration status (except as necessary to comply with federal, DC, state, or local law), religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity or expression), marital status (including domestic partnership status), genetic information, political affiliation, pregnancy, family responsibilities, personal appearance, veteran status, uniform service member status, status of being unemployed, status of victim a survivor of domestic violence, sexual offense or stalking, matriculation or any other protected class under federal, state, DC, or local law.

                      Click here or here to review KIPP DC's non-discrimination policy and KIPP DC's Title IX Coordinator's contact information.

                      KIPP DC requires all staff to provide proof that they have had all doses of a primary COVID vaccine or obtain approval for exemption for medical or religious reasons before beginning employment. New hires who have not received all doses of a primary vaccine or who are waiting approval for exemption will not be able to begin employment.New hires who have not received all doses of a COVID vaccine or who are awaiting approval for exemption will not be able to begin employment. All KIPP DC staff are strongly encouraged to stay up to date on their vaccinations. The CDC currently defines being up to date on the COVID vaccine as having had all doses of a primary vaccine and as having received a booster, if eligible.

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